Cultural Events

The Department of Language and Culture schedules events throughout the month to promote the understanding and appreciation of Neshnabe traditions and lifeways.

Reoccurring Programs

Men's and boys' Drumming
Twice a month, John T. Warren (Pokagon Potawatomi) leads drumming classes to share drum teachings, practice drumming and singing, and to learn songs.

Kë Wzhetomen Mizhathëwen (Let's Make Regalia)
Please join us at this year's series of regalia making workshops. The instructors focus on assisting participants in making traditional regalia for men and women while sharing the necessary regalia teachings on how it should be worn and cared for. We have a limited supply of sewing machines, irons, and materials. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own sewing machines and materials if possible. There will be instructors available to assist with sewing and measuring to create patterns.

No RSVP is required. Meals are potluck, so please bring a dish to pass.

Annual & Quarterly Programs

Seasonal Teachings
Seasonal teachings are held in conjunction with seasonal ceremonies which revolve around the equinoxes and solstices. Elders and spiritual leaders are invited to share original teachings about the changing season and other topics.

Summer Youth Culture Camp
The Summer Youth Culture Camp is an overnight camp for Pokagon citizens and JOM eligible students in the 2nd – 12th grades. The focus of the camp is language, culture, spirituality, traditional ecological knowledge, Neshnabe history, and education. Many of the camp activities are built around cultural teachings and language lessons, but also include many favorite conventional camp activities.

For detailed information about attending any of the above events, please visit our calendar.

Jijak Foundation: Full Moon Ceremonies
We are invited to attend full moon ceremonies with the Gun Lake Band at the Jijak Foundation facility. We hope to see you there!